• The perils of Cycling
    The perils of Cycling
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peril put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
    • v peril pose a threat to; present a danger to "The pollution is endangering the crops"
    • n peril a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime","there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
    • n peril a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
    • n peril a state of danger involving risk
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Perils of crossing the road Perils of crossing the road
Mining a Lurking Peril Mining a Lurking Peril

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peril Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction. "In perils of waters, in perils of robbers.""Adventure hard
      With peril great achieved."
    • v. i Peril To be in danger.
    • v. t Peril To expose to danger; to hazard; to risk; as, to peril one's life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peril Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction.
    • n peril In law, a source of danger: a possible casualty contemplated as the cause of loss or injury.
    • n peril =Syn 1. jeopardy, etc. See danger and risk.
    • peril To hazard; risk; put in peril or danger.
    • peril To be in danger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peril per′il danger: a source of danger: exposure to danger
    • v.t Peril to expose to danger:—pr.p. per′illing; pa.t. and pa.p. per′illed
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.”
  • C. H. Webb
    C. H. Webb
    “For I've been born and I've been wed -- all of man's peril comes of bed.”
  • Jean Francois Regnard
    Jean Francois Regnard
    “It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts.”
  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.”
  • Tobias G. Smollett
    Tobias G. Smollett
    “Glory is the child of peril.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. péril, fr. L. periculum, periclum, akin to peritus, experienced, skilled, and E. fare,. See Fare, and cf. Experience


In literature:

But they come perilously near it all the same.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
It was in the summer of the year 1778 that these bold men set out on a perilous journey from which few of them were to return.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
At this perilous moment Don Rafael perceived that his horse was sensibly slackening his pace.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Had it been so, the boy's life would have been in peril.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
Their anxiety is more for their shipmates, whose peril all comprehend.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Vladimir cut the pipes, and the city, in peril of the horrors of thirst, was forced to yield.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
To visit this Scotch uncle (they had not seen him for years) was the object of their long, toilsome, and perilous journey.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Lieutenant Somers felt that he was now actually embarked in his perilous venture.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
Her eyes shone perilously over trembling pools of tears.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He saw that if he ran up or down the bank too far, he was likely to place himself in peril again.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Just now he must concern himself with the task of extricating himself from his fresh perilous position.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
Johnny's men had known of all these perils and yet they had freely and gladly joined the expedition.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Cushing, and he was constantly upon the lookout for some perilous adventure.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Even in their peril the boys could not help appreciating the weird beauty of the display.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Could I do less than give the first welcome to one who has done for us what Mr. Peril has?
"The Copper Princess" by Kirk Munroe
I thought of Madame Coutance, and the peril in which she stood.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
And now that the peril had passed, it was Joe who was panic-stricken.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Any consideration of peril apart, I am sure that one night of it would turn me into a raving, gibbering lunatic.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Her captain, too, had seen the peril, and had elected to meet it by tacking under his consort's stern.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
How may I by early perils fare?
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil

In poetry:

Fainter grew our hearts with anguish
In that hour with peril rife,
When we saw the pilot flying,
Terror-stricken, for his life.
"Our Hero" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
'Tis thence, in the perilous time I seek
A Pilot my guide to be,
O'er a sea so rude—for a ship so weak,
To the port of Eternity.
"The Mariner's Compass" by Ernest Jones
"To turn the rein were sin and shame,
To fight were wond'rous peril,—
What would ye do now, Roland Cheyne,
Were ye Glenallan's Earl?"—
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott
“My Queen,” said the first of the Voices,
“He hunteth a perilous wraith,
Arrayed with voluptuous fancies
And ringed with tyrannical faith.
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved,
Watch by Thine own forgiven friend;
In sharpest perils faithful proved,
Let his soul love Thee to the end.
"St. Peter's Day" by John Keble
He now, as then, with words of power and peace,
Murmurs: "Stormy deep,
Be still -- still -- and sleep!"
And lo! a great calm comes -- the tempest's perils cease.
"The Master's Voice" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

A big win for Obama -- but perilously high stakes for 2nd term.
Speedy star swoops perilously close to giant black hole.
'Ice Age' Sequel Is Slick, But Plot Is Perilously Thin.
With Tylenol and Children, Overdosing Is Perilously Easy.
The perilously high price of freedom.
Hetherington's last report on his Twitter page on Tuesday showed the kind of peril the veteran war correspondent faced.
Knife-wielding naked woman, terror on Terrace Drive, plywood peril.
Poseidon * 1/2 (out of four) Stars: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum Director: Wolfgang Petersen Distributor: Warner Bros Rating: PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril.
THE Chinese government is playing a perilous game at the moment as it tries to undo damage caused by economic stimulus.
Beware the perils of predictability .
The perilous journey of Wyoming's migrating pronghorn .
A Dangerous Method is crammed with alarm and peril at the outset.
Michael had avoided his mother's perilous path until now.
Two recent court cases highlight the peril from within facing the chemical industry.
It's always perilous to predict what the mysterious NCAA hierarchy is thinking, but let's live dangerously for a minute.

In science:

However, the discussion above highlights the perils of determining the luminosity function from binned data and we therefore leave any parametric derivation to the following section.
The Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey: nine new quasars and the luminosity function at redshift 6
Prochaska (2006) widely discuss the limits and perils of the COG analysis applied to low resolution data.
VLT/UVES and FORS2 spectroscopy of the GRB 081008 afterglow
To predict the scientific impact of a pro ject on a specific topic can be a very perilous exercise, especially when the pro ject observes domains of astrophysical parameters never explored before.
The impact of Gaia and LSST on binary stars and exo-planets
Figure 4 brings out the perils of using unrealistic strain-rate MD calculations as a tool for insight and discovery.
Realistic time-scale fully atomistic simulations of surface nucleation of dislocations in pristine nanopillars
And our improved understanding of this structure helps us to not oversimplify situations in which we might be first tempted to overlook their complexity at our peril.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
Using string theory to study the quark-gluon plasma: Progress and perils.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
Therefore, taking a lead from climate issues, we put off until tomorrow what we should really do today, at our peril. It can only lead to false economy.
The promise and perils of alternative forms of data representation.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
There are many such perils in the production of reliable interval arithmetic code.
Some algorithms arising in the proof of the Kepler conjecture
However for the purposes of perturbation theory, perhaps to our eventual peril, these may be neglected.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments
It is perilous to derive Balmer-profile temperatures from such spectra.
Pinning Down Gravitational Settling
This seems like awfully hard work for them and comes perilously close to erasing the distinction between ordinary and recurrent novae. A recurrence time of 104.5 yr would require a pool of 106 systems.
Astrophysics in 2006
We hear rumors of countries where the government simply tells you how much they think you owe, like a credit card bill, and (also like a credit card bill) you dispute it at your peril.
Astrophysics in 2006
Nevertheless if the means of transportation is unavailable, it will be perilous to decide when considering the whole sample without any other information.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
Researchers who consider it of secondary importance do so at their own peril.
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